Craig’s Silver Bullet golf tourney going strong in 29th year |

Craig’s Silver Bullet golf tourney going strong in 29th year

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From left, Craig golfers Susan Utzinger, Lani Cleverly and Christy Rolando display the signs of some of the many sponsors that contributed to the 29th annual Ladies Silver Bullet Classic Saturday and Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Nearly 70 women played in the two-day tournament this year, with Denver's Stacey Arnold winning the top prize. Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association will also host the Rally for the Cause event for Moffat County Cancer Society in August.

In a game in which low numbers are everything, Susan Utzinger is glad to see a certain tally on the rise this year.

The 29th annual Ladies Silver Bullet Classic saw 69 women hit the links Saturday and Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

The turnout is encouraging for the Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association, said organizer Utzinger, noting that the number of gals on the course has continued to increase little by little each year.

"We had 65 last year, and that doesn't seem monumental, but it is because golf is down all over the country, all over the world, and we are holding our own," she said.

Denver's Stacey Arnold took the top honors with a combined total of 148, shooting a 76 and a 72.

At one time a pro for the Front Range's Foothills Golf Course, Arnold regained amateur about 10 years ago and has regularly played the Silver Bullet, last year coming in second within the event's first flight.

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"I was just keeping it in the fairway and hit some wedges close and hit a few good little knock-in putts," she said. "The fairways and greens and the staff are all great. It's always a pleasure to come up."

D'Ann Kimbrel, who placed third in 2014, followed Arnold again with a 154.

Also a Denver resident, Kimbrel said there are few spots like YVGC.

"I've been coming up here for 25 years," she said. "I love this course, it's always in such good shape."

The conditions were just right for many players. After a shaky first day, Craig's Terresa White was able to shave some strokes off during her Sunday play to tie for second place in the third flight.

"The greens were really fast (the first day), and I'm not used to that," she said. "I think the wet weather (Saturday night) really slowed them down and made it better."

White added she enjoys the camaraderie that comes with an all-women tourney, finishing her third year.

"It's just a lot of fun," she said.

The Men's Club and Ladies Club Championships will get swinging Aug. 15 and 16, but before that will be another women's gathering. The Rally for the Cause Ladies Tournament, benefiting Moffat County Cancer Society, tees off earlier that week, Aug. 12.

Utzinger noted that food provided by the Baysingers at Tin Cup Grill and music Saturday night by Frank Hanel made the Silver Bullet a rich, enjoyable weekend, as well as coordination by YVGC pro Bob Mueller and a long list of local sponsors.

"We had incredible sponsorship from Craig, and we could not have done it without them," she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

If you go

Rally for the Cause Ladies Tournament

1 p.m. Aug. 12

Yampa Valley Golf Course

— The benefit for Moffat County Cancer Society is $40 per person and includes dinner. The format is a four-person scramble, and players can either register as a group or individually. Women of all skill levels are welcome, and golfers are encouraged to wear pink. For more information, call Linda Showalter at 970-824-9728 or email her at

2015 Ladies Silver Bullet Classic results

First flight


Golfer — Day 1, Day 2, Gross Total

Stacey Arnold — 76, 72, 148

D’Ann Kimbrel — 78, 76, 154

Taylor Walters — 76, 79, 155

Jill Gaschler — 81, 80, 161


Golfer — Day 1, Day 2, Net Total

Christy Davidson — 67, 71, 138

Kelly Hall — 70, 71, 141

Amanda Back — 71, 72, 143

Kim Gosche — 70, 73, 143

Peggy Brink — 71, 72, 143

Second flight


Christy Rolando — 80, 80, 160

Frances Baer — 87, 90, 177

Deb Ghiloni — 93, 88, 181

Susan Weisberger — 94, 87, 181

Linda Danter — 93, 88, 181


Lani Cleverly — 69, 67, 136

Karen Elsea — 70, 67, 137

Vicki Riley — 67, 73, 140

Ramona Conner — 71, 72, 143

Third flight


Marcia Arnhold — 95, 98, 193

Cindy Lonis — 97, 97, 194

Terresa White — 99, 95, 194

Judy Elliott — 95, 99, 194


April Branstetter — 75, 67, 142

Lisa Whitmore — 68, 77, 145

Michelle Marquardt — 70, 77, 147

Mary Kay Chesley — 75, 74, 149

Fourth flight


Jeannie Pippin — 97, 106, 203

Nancy Cole — 104, 107, 211

Phyllis Finlay — 102, 110, 148

Rebecca Ludlow — 110, 104, 214


Judy Kuberry — 60, 64, 124

Laurel Bagan — 75, 73, 148

Judy Phillips — 80, 70, 150

Nancy Stevens — 78, 74, 152